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+ - Cyanogen Mod forces tracking of user devices->

Submitted by CRC'99
CRC'99 (96526) writes "In what was hoped to be an April Fools Day prank, Cyanogenmod just committed a change to the 10.1 git that removes the option of counting all devices installed with Cyanogen mod. Details reported by the stats service include the devices unique ID, the device name, the active carrier, and the country the device is located. While this is being touted as "anonymised data" by Steve Kondik, it is common knowledge that the unique device ID is unique for a reason. What effects does this have on privacy for CM users?"
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+ - Electronics warranties in todays age.

Submitted by CRC'99
CRC'99 (96526) writes "With the current state of global trade, it has never been easier to shop from the comfort of your own home and have the latest and greatest shipped directly to your home. With these options though, what has happened to the warranties of various electronic devices? After recently suffering at the hands of HTC for a faulty phone, I'm wondering what other global companies offer true warranties for their products. What experiences have people had with other tech companies with a presence all over the globe? What suggestions do people have for companies and warranties in the age of Internet Shopping?"
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+ - CSIRO's US win for 802.11a/g patent->

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CRC'99
CRC'99 writes "The Australian IT is reporting:

THE CSIRO has won another round in its lengthy battle in the US to collect millions of dollars in royalties for its 1996-patented Wireless LAN technology. Last Friday, a US federal court granted the science agency's application for an injunction to stop the Buffalo group of companies from infringing the CSIRO patent in the US. The injunction prevents the sale of products using CSIRO-patented technology until a licence is negotiated.
It's good to see that Australian Government research may finally get the rewards of inventing technology that is used by millions of people these days. The CSIRO however has yet to see a single cent from US companies using CSIRO patented technology without any licensing."

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